March 26, 2021

ABA-IPL eNews March 2021

Register for IPLSPRING Virtual

April 7-16, 2021



This year’s ABA-IPL Section Annual Meeting—IPLSPRING Virtual, will provide three days of organizational governance meetings, and five days of CLE education and networking through a dynamic new online platform. An expanded schedule is paced to your day, tailored to your practice and interests, and provide an exciting virtual experience. Gain insight and ideas from IP experts and practitioners, coming together from around the world to share and discuss the most critical issues in IP law.

IPLSPRING Virtual will be held April 7-16, 2021 with governance, committee and operating board meetings April 7-9, and CLE programming and networking April 12-16.

Featured speakers include, Hon. Jacqueline Bonilla, Deputy Chief Judge, Patent Trail and Appeal Board, USPTO, Hon. Cameron Elliot, Administrative Judge, U.S. International Trade Commission, Hon. Barbara M.G. Lynn, Chief U.S. District Court Judge, Norther District of Texas, U.S. District Court, Shira Perlmutter, Register of Copyrights; U.S. Copyright Office, Vivian Lee, Principal Counsel, Intellectual Property, Corporate Legal, The Walt Disney Company, and Scott Martin, Deputy General Counsel, EVP, Paramount Pictures.

CLE program sessions over five days will address a wide array of issues across the spectrum of IP law. Program sessions include:

  • How the shift in political power may impact IP issues
  • Patent Litigation in the District Court, ITC and Before the PTA
  • One-on-One Conversation with Copyright Register; U.S. Copyright Office
  • Patent Case Roundup
  • US Copyright Office Speaks
  • Impact of Trademark Decisions
  • Ask the USPTO: Hot Topics
  • Copyright Cases Year-in-Review
  • Advance Trademark Prosecution
  • Children, Influencers, and Online Marketing
  • The Changing Publishing Landscape and Copyrights
  • Protecting and Enforcing Your Global Patent Portfolio
  • Meet the Investors
  • Antitrust Developments
  • Trade Secret Cases: Emerging Trends
  • Impact of Recent US Trademark Office Changes
  • Promoting a Culture of Inclusion and Diversity in IP Law

In addition to the outstanding and comprehensive selection of educational programs, the conference will feature a variety of engaging online networking events, including Trivia Night – Hosted by the Young Lawyer Action Group, a Women in IP Coffee Gathering, Around the World in 60 Minutes – Hosted by the International Action Group, a well-being survival event entitled “Managing Stress through Meditation, and an IPLSpring signature conference reception.

Check out the full schedule and register for IPLSPRING Virtual, April 7-16, 2021..

Sponsorship opportunities available

A wide array of valuable sponsorship opportunities is available for IPLSPRING Virtual . These opportunities can be tailored to the needs of any potential sponsor. For details on how we can customize a sponsorship plan to meet your organization’s sponsorship outreach needs, contact

Sponsors of IPLSPRING

Sponsors of IPLSPRING

Donate to the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP)

Your donation to the Judicial Internship Opportunity Program (JIOP) helps ensure funding for students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession: students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, students who identify themselves as LGBT, women, and veterans. JIOP provides judicial internships to these first and second-year students.

To donate, visit the JIOP donation page

ABA-IPL announces 2021 Mark T. Banner Award Honorees

The ABA-IPL Section is pleased to announce the following distinguished honorees who will receive the 2021 Mark T. Banner Award.

James Donald Smith

Chief IP Counsel, Ecolab Inc.

Chief IP Counsel, Ecolab Inc.

Karyn A. Temple

Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel, Motion Picture Association

Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel, Motion Picture Association

Philip G. Hampton, II

Senior Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Polsinelli

Senior Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Polsinelli

Plan to join us on June 10 for a special hour: a special virtual Mark T. Banner event that you can attend “where you are.” Details and a simple registration link will be forwarded in the coming weeks.

Our renowned annual award in honor of the Section’s late Chair, Mark T. Banner recognizes exemplary individuals and groups who have contributed to intellectual property law and/or practice. All honorees have expressed passion and enthusiasm for, and advanced the practice, profession, and/or substance of, IP law through extraordinary contributions to teaching, scholarship, innovation, legislation, advocacy, bar, or other association activities, or to the judiciary. Candidates come from the widest group of individuals—including those who are not lawyers or members of the ABA.

Learn more about the Mark T. Banner Award

Sponsors of the 2021 Mark T. Banner Award

Sponsors of the 2021 Mark T. Banner Award

ABA-IPL Podcasts available to Section members

The ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law has produced a series of podcasts for members. Hear from experts in trademark, patent, and copyright law as well as other topics in these featured podcast recordings. Current podcasts include:

Experiences as an intellectual property lawyer in South Africa

ABA-IPL member Nthabi Phaswana shares her experiences as an intellectual property lawyer in South Africa during this ABA-IPL Diversity Action Group (DAG) & International Action Group (IAG) joint meeting. 

Whose Design is it Anyway: A Discussion Concerning the Protectability of Fashion Designs by Copyright Law

Danielle Bulger shares her insights with the ABA-IPL Fashion Committee. She is responsible for spearheading and managing a high volume of fashion disputes, including copyright and trade dress litigations involving apparel, jewelry, accessories, footwear, and product designs and packaging. She has represented some of the largest fashion companies and e-commerce providers and often advises clients with respect to issues of first impression and internet, frequently helping to analyze and synthesize detailed statutes, cases, and contract provisions.

Shaking the Stigma Attached to Mental Health

In an effort to raise awareness and continue the conversation around mental health, the Young Lawyers Action Group (YLAG) hosted session features YLAG Chair Shruti Chopra, Robin Belleau JD, LCPC, Kirkland & Ellis Director of Wellbeing, and Tracy L. Kepler, CNA Risk Control Consulting Director, Lawyers' Professional Liability. 

Mindful IP Resolutions

This presentation, led by ABA-IPL Women in IP Action Group member Amy Pruett, offers (i) strategies to improve individual well-being, such as mindfulness and other physiological practices that improve focus and resilience while reducing stress and tension, (ii) negotiation, mediation, and collaborative advocacy using these strategies and practices, including issues and interest identification, and ending with a review of (iii) application of these strategies to specific examples, including resolution of IP infringement cases and negotiation of IP related agreements.

How to Make a Lasting Impact at Your Workplace: Tips and Tricks for Young Lawyers

The ABA-IPL Young Lawyers Action Group (YLAG) host an interactive discussion with speakers Megan Bannigan and Rivka Monheit, sharing tips and tricks for young lawyers to make a lasting impact at their workplace. and Romag Fasteners: Landmark Trademark Cases Before the Supreme Court

Lisa S. Blatt, Sarah M. Harris, and Amy Mason Saharia discuss their successful representations of in the first ever telephonic Supreme Court case and of Romag Fasteners in another high-profile trademark case in the Court. The podcast is presented by the Women in IP Action Group and moderated by former ABA-IPL Women in IP Action Group Chair Lisa Dunner.

Addressing COVID-19 Pandemic: Tips for Practicing IP Law from Home

This podcast provides tips on how to protect IP rights for your clients while working remotely.

Copyrights and Campaigns

In this podcast, part of the IP Talks™ Podcast series, Robert Clarida, partner with Reitler, Kailas & Rosenblatt, discusses political campaigns and copyright infringements.

ABA-IPL podcasts are FREE to Section members.

Patent Litigation Committee report on Ironburg v. Valve: The First-Ever Zoom Patent Jury Trial

Christian Platt, Chair, Patent Litigation Committee

John Kinton, Co-Chair, Trials Subcommittee

Dan Staren, Co-Chair, Infringement Subcommittee

The Trials and Infringement Subcommittees of the Patent Litigation Committee has been monitoring patent trials conducted in the COVID-19 pandemic environment. Most recently, Plaintiff Ironburg Inventions Ltd. faced off against Valve Corporation before Judge Thomas Zilly of the Western District of Washington in the first-ever Zoom patent jury trial on a patent covering a video game controller. Ironburg, an IP holding company for a developer of video game controllers, told a virtual jury that Valve, the company behind the popular Steam video game platform, ignored its licensing demands and willfully infringed its patent, seeking a minimum reasonable royalty of $4 million. The jurors appeared remotely from their residences in the Seattle area over ZoomGov, and the attorneys for the parties appeared remotely from around the country, including California and Missouri.  While the trial was available by video to court personnel, attorneys, jurors and witnesses, members of the public could only join by audio. 

Judge Zilly, who conducted his first remote jury trial back in October, was determined that the 8 jurors would have time to develop a rapport amongst themselves, similar to interactions that take place in jury break rooms as part of in-person trials. He explained that jurors in earlier remote trials he conducted "didn't have that opportunity and didn't really know each other at all," and that “they went into deliberations and all of a sudden they had to establish some rapport with each other before they could really substantively talk about the case. So we hope there will be an opportunity for [the jurors] to visit."  Judge Zilly had the jurors arrive early for trial each day and placed them in the virtual jury break room.

To assist with the evidence presentation, both sides’ experts used a second “game controller” camera during the Zoom trial to focus the video on aspects of the accused video game controller.  And while the parties agreed that each juror would receive in the mail one of the controllers at issue, all jurors had not received the controllers in time for the witness testimony and were not able to “open their boxes” until closing arguments.

The remote jury ultimately awarded Ironburg a $4.029 million award, finding that Valve willfully infringed Ironburg’s controller patent.  Invalidity was not tried.  After the trial ended and the jurors logged off, Judge Zilly seemed pleased and noted that a remote jury trial “is a very excellent substitute for an in-person trial," and that it “went about as smooth as it [could’ve gone]." Judge Zilly further acknowledged that it was “a very challenging, interesting case, put on professionally by the lawyers. We’re all learning on this remote jury approach, but I think it’s worked well.”

The Trials and Infringement Subcommittees are in the process of arranging guest presenters from this trial to speak to the Patent Litigation Committee about conducting a remote patent jury trial.

For more information or to join, visit the Patent Litigation Committee web page. The committee meets via Zoom to discuss trending patent litigation topics every Third Tuesday at 12 p.m. Eastern. All committee members are invited to participate in these monthly meetings. Join the committee to receive invitations to the meetings.

ABA-IPL Section Nominating Committee Announces Nominees for 2021-2022 ABA year

Scott Partridge, Chair of the Section’s Nominating Committee, reports that the following candidates have been nominated for the 2021-2022 Association year:

Chair-Elect: Thad Chaloemtiarana, Chicago, IL. Mr. Chaloemtiarana currently serves as Section Vice-Chair. Before serving as Vice-Chair, he served on the Section Council. He served Membership Officer of the Section for two years, and as Vice Chair of the Membership Board for three years. He also served as Vice Chair of the Diversity Action Group for three years. He was Chair of the Trademarks and Unfair Competition Division for two years and Vice Chair of that Division for two years. He has been a member of the CLE Board, the Membership Board and the Revenue Committee. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Young Lawyer Fellow Advisory Committee. He has chaired several committees in the Trademarks Division. He is the current Liaison to the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Vice Chair: Steven P. Caltrider, Indianapolis, IN. Mr. Caltrider is a member of the Section Council. He served a previous term of four years on the Section Council from 2013-2017. He is also a current member of the Amicus Briefs Committee. Mr. Caltrider has served on the Content Advisory Board since 2014. He has served as the Chair and Vice Chair of the Patents Division. He was chair of four different committees in the Patents Division prior to that. He has also served as a Liaison to the ABA Section Health Law and as a member of the ABA Health Law Coordinating Group.

Secretary: Joshua Simmons, New York, NY.  Mr. Simmons is a current member of the Section Council. Prior to this appointment he served as Chair and as Vice Chair of the Copyrights and Related Rights Division. He served several years prior as Chair and Vice Chair of the Copyrights and Social Media Committee. He also served on the Nominating Committee of the Section. 

Financial Officer-Elect: Paul Morico, Houston, TX. Mr. Morico is currently the Chair of the Patents Division. He has been a member of the Continuing Legal Education Board since 2010. He has served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Patent Litigation Committee.

Revenue Officer: Susan McGahan, Bedminster, NJ. Ms. McGahan is the current Revenue Officer. She previously served as Vice Chair of the Revenue Committee of the Section and as a member of the committee for five years. She served as Section Secretary for two years. She served as Membership Officer for four years and Chair of the Membership Board. She has also served as Chair of the former Division on Meetings and Resolutions and for three years as Financial Officer of the Section. She served a total of five years on the Section Council. Ms. McGahan has also chaired the former Division on Professional and Section Relations, and the former Division on Publications. Prior to that, she served as Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee and the Membership Committee. She served a three-year term as Trustee to the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

Publications Officer: Darrell Mottley, Washington, DC. Mr. Mottley is currently the Chair of the Content Advisory Board. He served as a member of the Section Council from 2012-2018. He has been a member of the Magazine Editorial Board since 2009, and served as the Editor of Landslide® magazine for two years. He was a Vice Chair of the Specialized IP Issues Division and Chair of Industrial Design Committee for three years. He served on the Section Nominating Committee and on the Sponsorship Committee.

Continuing Legal Education Officer: Janet Hendrickson, St. Louis, MO. Ms. Hendrickson has been a vice chair of the CLE Board for four years, and a member of that board for six years. She served on the Section Council for four years. She has been a Chair of the Young Lawyer Fellows Advisory Committee and served on the Membership Committee and the Revenue Committee. She was Chair and Vice Chair of the Patent Legislation Committee, and Vice Chair of the Committee on Women in the Profession.

Membership Officer: Sharon Israel, Houston, TX. Ms. Israel is the current Vice Chair of the Membership Board. She served on the Section Council for four years prior to that. She has served as Chair of the Professional and Section Relations Division, Chair of the Patent Legislation Committee, IP Licensing Committee, Unfair Competition – Trade Identity Committee, and the Special Committee on the Judicial Intern Opportunity Committee. She has also served on the Nominating Committee. She is a past President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates: (for a three-year term expiring in 2024)

William L. LaFuze, Houston, TX. Mr. LaFuze is currently a Section Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, with a term expiring in 2021. He has served as a Delegate since 2014. He is a Past Chair of the Section, and has served as its Chair-Elect and Vice Chair. He served four years as a member of the Section Council. Mr. LaFuze has chaired the Patents Division, Information Technology Division and the Litigation, ADR, and Related Issues Division, as well as numerous committees within the Section over the past 30 years including the Amicus Briefs Committee. He is a current Trustee of the Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law (formerly AIPLEF).

Council Members: (for a four-year term, ending in 2025)

Matthew Blackburn, San Francisco, CA. Mr. Blackburn is a current Vice Chair of the Patents Division. He has served as a Chair of the Patents in the High Tech and Software Industries Committee. Prior to that he served as Chair and as Vice Chair of the Patent Litigation Committee. He has served on the Section Nominating Committee.

David Postolski, Summit, NJ. Mr. Postolski has been the Continuing Legal Education Officer for three years and has served on the CLE Board for eleven years. He currently serves as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education. He has served on the Section Council previously. He has also served on the Section Revenue Committee, the Membership Board, and the Nominating Committee. He was a Chair and Vice Chair of the Professional Issues Division. He was Chair of the Young Lawyers Action Group and Special Advisor to the International Associated Action Group. He was a Liaison from the ABA Young Lawyers Division and served as Liaison to the National LGBT Bar Association, the WIPO Standing Committee on Patents, and the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA).

Malaika Tyson, Chicago, IL. Ms. Tyson is Chair of the International Patent Laws Committee. She was previously Chair of the Patent Legislation Committee for three years, and Vice Chair of that committee for two years prior to that. She has served on the Section Nominating Committee.

Nancy Wolff, New York, NY. Ms. Wolff is Chair of the Visual Arts and Dramatic Works Committee, a member of the Copyright Law Reform Task Force, and Liaison to the Copyright Society of the USA. She has served as a Vice Chair of the Copyrights Division. She has served as a member of the CLE Board, and has served as Chair of the Copyright Legislation Committee, Copyright Office Affairs Committee, and the Visual Arts and Dramatic Works Committee.

Council Member: (for a one-year term, expiring in 2022, to fill the vacancy of Steve Caltrider)

Adriana Suringa Luedke, Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Luedke served as Secretary for three years. Prior to this, she served on the Section Council for four years. She previously served as Section Secretary for three additional years. She has been the Chair of the Patents Division, and the Section Liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. She has served as Chair of the former Division on Meetings and Resolutions. She has also been Chair of the Committee on Patent System Policy Planning, the Committee on Government Relations to Patents and the Young Lawyers Committee, and has served as Program Vice Chair for the Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference and Program Co-Chair of Section activities at the ABA Midyear Meeting.

Young Lawyer Council Member: (for a one-year term expiring in 2022)

Heather Schubert, Alexandria, VA. Ms. Schubert has served as Vice Chair of the Law Student Action Group. She has also served as a member of the Membership Board, the CLE Board and the Magazine Editorial Board. She has been a member of the Law Student Action Group, the Young Lawyers Action Group and the Diversity Action Group.

Section Chair: According to Section bylaws, Kim Jessum, Philadelphia, PA, current Chair-Elect, automatically assumes the office of Chair for the 2021-2022 Association year. Ms. Jessum served previously as Section Vice Chair. She served as the Section Financial Officer for four years. She served as Continuing Legal Education Officer and Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Board for three years. She served as the Chair of the Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference and Chair of the Teleconference Committee for two years each. She was Chair of Section’s the former Committee on Copyrights and the Internet. She also served for three years as Chair of the former Young Lawyers Committee and was a founder of the Young Lawyer Fellows program. Outside of the Section, she is currently a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems, ABA Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee, and Litigation Section Judicial Intern Opportunity Program National Co-chair and was previously a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Specialization, ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems, and ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education and liaison to the Standing Committee on Membership.

The Section’s Nominating Committee, appointed by Section Chair June Besek, is composed of:

Scott F. Partridge
Houston, TX

Mark K. Dickson
San Mateo, CA

Dina Kallay
Washington, DC

Shane Delsman
Milwaukee, WI

Shannon Proctor
Washington, DC

Additional nominations for this new position or for any position may be made by petition signed by not less than 100 members of the Section, listed by their ABA ID number. The 100 names must be representative of at least three states and must indicate that the individual has agreed to the nomination. The petition must be sent to the Chair and the Secretary of the Section and must be received by these individuals not less than four months before the elections held at the Annual Meeting. The Business Session with Elections will be held on Friday, August 6, 2021.

Stay Connected…

ABA-IPL Action Groups

Section members continue action group initiatives with ongoing Zoom meetings and conference calls. Participate in one or more action groups for immediate networking and leadership opportunities. Engage with your peers remotely and get involved in the ABA-IPL Action Groups.   

Law Student Action Group (LSAG) 

LSAG recently hosted a special Black History Month edition of the "Conversation with an IP Attorney" series on Friday, February 26, 2021. The event featured the career of Nadia S. Baksh, Esq. and her journey from the Howard University School of Law to working at Oracle. LSAG Chair Caleb Green moderated the call.  

Interested in attending the next event? Visit the LSAG IPL Connect Community  to learn more and join. The action group hosts monthly calls the fourth Friday of each month at 3 PM ET. 

Young Lawyers Action Group (YLAG) 

The ABA-IPL Young Lawyers Action Group (YLAG) recently convened during the ABA Virtual Midyear Meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2021. The Zoom call included a “fun IP facts” session presented by ABA-IPL Young Lawyer Fellows Eliana Torres and Veronica Canton.  

Interested in attending the next YLAG event? Join the YLAG IPL Connect Community to join monthly action group calls and discover volunteer opportunities for young lawyers.  

International Action Group (IAG) 

The ABA-IPL International Action Group (IAG) hosted a well-attended event on Wednesday, February 17. The Zoom call was led by IAG Chair Rupert Knights and IAG Co-Chair Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel. International attorneys from around the globe had the opportunity to network with colleagues from around the globe. Attendees updated the group on any IP developments in their country. 

Receive the regular monthly call invitations from IAG by joining the IAG IPL Connect Community. Attend the next event to learn more and get involved in the group.  

Women in IP Action Group (WIP) 

The Women in IP Action Group (WIP) recently hosted an event during the ABA Virtual Midyear Meeting on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. WIP Co-Chairs Veronica Canton and Monica Martinez led an engaged discussion and Subcommittee Chairs provided updates on current WIP activities. Upcoming WIP announcements will be posted on the IPL WIP Connect Page.  

Interested in joining network of legal professionals working together to advance diversity, expand opportunities for women, and mentor female colleagues in the field of intellectual property law? Visit the Women in IP (WIP) page to learn more and join.  

ABA-IPL Podcasts

ABA-IPL podcasts are FREE to Section members. The series covers a variety of intellectual property law hot topics. Don't miss out on this new ABA-IPL member benefit. Tune in to hear from trademark, patent, and copyright law experts in these featured non-CLE recordings.

Speaking Opportunities

Boost your professional profile and submit an ABA-IPL Podcast proposal for the opportunity to let your voice be heard on a podcast recording. Forms that are received will be reviewed and ABA-IPL staff will follow up. 

The Humira Decision and Reverse Payments After Actavis Webinar

The U.S. Supreme Court in FTC v. Actavis found that when a pharmaceutical company settles a patent infringement suit under Paragraph IV of the Hatch Waxman Act with a prospective generic manufacturer, the settlement may violate the antitrust laws where it involves a large and unjustified payment to the alleged infringer. Since 2013, courts have worked to define what constitutes such a reverse payment while considering the strength of the patent and the merits of the underlying patent litigation. In June 2020, in In re Humira Antitrust Litigation (19-CV-1873, N.D. Il June 8, 2020), the District Court granted a motion to dismiss a reverse payment claim based upon a global settlement that provided for earlier entry in European markets. The case is on appeal, in part to consider if the Court erred in its application of Actavis.  

The ABA-IPL Antitrust / Interface Committee will be hosting a non-CLE webinar on Thursday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m. ET. The discussion will address the issues raised on appeal and the development of reverse payment law. The event will be co-sponsored by the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law and the ABA Antitrust Law Section. The featured panelists will be Eileen Cole, Partner, White & Case LLP, Tim Kamal-Grayson, Staff Attorney, Health Care Division, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission, and Sean Iyer, Executive Vice President, Compass Lexecon.  

Register Today!

Connect with ABA-IPL Ambassadors

Discover how Section leaders received more from ABA-IPL membership on our Ambassador page. The featured testimonies provide insights on how ABA-IPL members strengthened their intellectual property (IP) network and made an impact through ABA-IPL Action Groups and Committees. Each action group and committee has a corresponding community on IPL Connect, where Section members can network and engage in lively discussions. Whether you’re interested in receiving updates on the latest in IP law or getting involved in key IP policy decisions—committee and action group involvement offers opportunities to learn, connect, and/or present.

Learn more about how to maximize your ABA-IPL membership.

Topic Suggestions?

We welcome your feedback on topics you would like to see covered in E-News.  Please email Mike Winkler at with your suggestions.  

ABA-IPL webinars are free to Section members

All IPL Section webinars are free to Section members from September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021. Don’t forget to sign-up and check them out.

ABA-IPL provides compelling CLE-accredited webinars that cover a broad range of IP issues. Mark your calendars for these upcoming webinars. Watch the events page on the Section website for information on all upcoming programs and events, and to register. As a special benefit of your membership in the ABA-IPL Section, you are able to participate in al ABA-IPL Section webinars for free during the current Association year (September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021).

Donate to the Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law

ABA-IPL Section members are encouraged to donate to the foundation to help support its mission. Individuals interested in donating can visit the FADIPL website

For nearly twenty years, the Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP LAW (FADIPL)— formerly the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation— has worked for the advancement of diversity in the IP profession. In 2020, the Foundation adopted its new name—Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law—  to accompany an expansion of the Foundation’s longstanding programming aimed at attracting more members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into the IP law profession— and advancing their opportunities for achievement in the profession once completing law school.

For the past two decades, the principal activity of the Foundation has been to provide financial assistance to law students demonstrating an interest in pursuing a career in IP law. The flagship program of the Foundation—its Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholar Program—has been a remarkable success.  The more than $2.5 million in scholarships that have been awarded to over 140 law students since 2002 have both sparked an interest in IP law careers among underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who have received these awards and provided much-needed and much-appreciated help as the cost of a law school education has grown dramatically.

The Foundation is a joint effort of the founding partners—the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and corporate partner Johnson & Johnson.

19th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Law Institute - Virtual

The Colorado Bar Association will present its 19th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property and Technology Law Institute on June 3-4, 2021. The institute this year will be virtual. Session topics will include patents, trademarks, copyrights and e-commerce. Faculty will include national and international IP and tech law experts from across the spectrum of the IP practice.

The institute will include a fundamentals program on June 2. This program will cover patent, trademark/copyright, and licensing basics, taught by best-in-class instructors.

For more information or to register, visit the Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Law Institute website.

The program will be submitted for CLE accreditation in Colorado. For those needing to seek accreditation in another state, CBA-CLE staff can provide a Uniform Certificate of Attendance, and it is the attendee’s responsibility to complete the accreditation outside of Colorado.

ABA-IPL Divisions and Committees for 2020-2021

All ABA-IPL Section members are encouraged to review the committees and select and join those on which they wish to serve, and which are of interest to them. If you are already a member of one of the existing committees, you are carried over as a member in the new association year.

Patents Division

  • Patent Legislation Committee [join]
  • International Patent Laws Committee [join]
  • USPTO Ex Parte Patent and Policy Practice [join]
  • USPTO Post Grant Patent Practice and Policy Committee [join]
  • Chemical and Life Science Patent Committee [join]
  • Patent Litigation Committee [join]
  • Patent System Planning Committee [join]
  • High Tech and Software Patent Committee [join]

Trademarks Division

  • Trademark Legislation Committee [join]
  • International Trademark Laws Committee [join]
  • USPTO Trademark Practice and Policy Committee [join]
  • Trademark Litigation Committee [join]
  • Trademarks and the Internet Committee [join]

Copyrights Division

  • Copyright Legislation Committee [join]
  • International Copyright Laws Committee [join]
  • Copyright Office Affairs Committee [join]
  • Visual Arts and Dramatic Works Committee [join]
  • Copyright and Social Media Committee [join]
  • Copyright and Emerging Technology Committee [join]
  • Music and Performing Arts Committee [join]
  • Copyright Litigation Committee [join]
  • Literary Works Committee [join]

Specialized IP Law Division

  • Trial and Appellate Procedure Committee [join]
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee [join]
  • Antitrust Interface Committee [join]
  • Trade Secrets and Interferences with Contracts Committee [join]
  • Design Rights Committee [join]
  • Marketing Interface Committee [join]
  • Privacy and Publicity Rights Committee [join]
  • Digital Games and New Media Committee [join]
  • Information Technology Committee [join]
  • Fashion Committee [join]

Professional Issues Division

  • Law Practice Management Committee [join]
  • Pro Bono Committee [join]
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee [join]
  • Attorney Wellness Committee [join]

Business and Trade Division

  • IP Transactions and Licensing Committee [join]
  • International Trade Commission Committee [join]
  • China IP Issues Committee [join]
  • Government IP Rights Committee [join]
  • Intellectual Property Asset Management Committee [join]
  • In-House IP Committee [join]
  • Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Committee [join]

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Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
Washington, DC

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Houston, TX

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